How did they get text on film?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Benjamindaines, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

    Benjamindaines

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    I've only been into film making and video editing since everything went digital, but I've always wondered how they got the text on film before there were computers. I know it's 2 pieces of film put together (one with the text and one with the footage) but how did they make the text on there? Anyone have any info on this?

    //curiosity
     
  2. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I'm curious myself. I think they just layered a transparent piece of text "film" but I don't know how they did it.
     
  3. AstrayCliche macrumors member

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    They used a device known as an optical printer. Basically, they would project the text (photographed seperately) on top of a projection of the exisiting footage into a camera (or printer).
     
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    To generate the initial text, normally it would just be typeset and printed on card stock, then photographed to create the "mask" layer. Old school.
     
  5. Alican macrumors regular

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    It's also interesting how they did dissolves. One clue is when you look at a 1950s colour film, and see how the colour shifts at the start of the dissolve and shifts again at the end of it.
     

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